A group of political illustrators is coming to talk about process today at Small Engine Gallery at 6 p.m. Read up on the collective’s pollination of the grassroots and then head down there this evening. The talk is free. For more on the event, go to bit.ly/BeeMind. For more on the nonprofit, all-volunteer, art organization, check out beehivecollective.org.
The Daily Word in BP, poorest president and Pong
BP's looking at a $4.5 billion fine and criminal charges against staff members.
The gap between rich and poor in New Mexico is the widest in the nation.
Pit bull terriers killed a Chihuahua and sent her owner to the hospital.
Debbie O'Malley might remain on the Council and take a seat on the County Commission.
Remember when 48 women training for the military said they'd been sexually assaulted or harassed by their instructors? The Air Force has a weird solution: Trainees must have a wingman all the time.
Nonstop flights from Albuquerque to New York.
FBI investigates death threats against the guy holding the coyote-killing contest in Los Lunas.
The poorest president in the world. "If you don't have many possessions, then you don't need to work all your life like a slave to sustain them."
Violence escalates in Gaza and Israel. Rockets kill 15 Palestinians and three Israelis.
Louisiana governor is the first Republican to denounce Mitt Romney's notion that he lost the election because President Obama gave gifts to minorities and youth.
5-Hour Energy shot-like drink blamed for 13 deaths.
Colorado Visitors Bureau plans NOT to capitalize on legal recreational marijuana.
Science looks at rappers' brains to find the basis of improvisation.
Pong is 40-years-old and no one has topped it, says this guy.
How to become as observant as Sherlock Holmes. (Also, "Sherlock," the BBC miniseries available on Netflix instawatch, is dope.)
Freud’s Last Session in Albuquerque tonight and tomorrow
What would happen if Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis sat down to debate? A play put on by the Fusion Theatre Company asks just that. It will be in Albuquerque tonight and tomorrow night at 8 p.m. at the South Broadway Cultural Center (1025 Broadway SE). Then, it moves onto The Lensic Theater in Santa Fe (211 West San Francisco). Alibi theater critic Leigh Hile’s got the scoop.
Buy tickets here or call 766-9412
The Queers Are Nigh
Queerpocalypse: The End Is Queer
It wasn't that long ago that the Queer Straight Alliance at the University of New Mexico fought its way into existence. In 2010, after receiving approval from the Student Fee Review Board, the group almost lost funding as UNM sought to trim its budget. Happily, advocates won that battle and went on to host events and speak up for LGBTQ issues on campus. This year, the alliance is hosting "Queerpocalypse: The End is Queer," an amateur drag competition. The spellbinding Shaila Cavalli and Rocco Steele—Miss and Mr. New Mexico Pride—will rouse the crowd, and four budding performers compete for crowns. DJ Nicolatron spins. Admission to the all-ages show is free, but donations are encouraged. "Come ready to fight and dressed to kill," say organizers. For more, go to Facebook.com/UNMQSA. UNM SUB Ballrooms • Thu Nov 8 • 7-11 pm • FREE • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
The Daily Word in lawmaker cam, Taco Bell and Puerto Rico
APS bosses get raises, teachers pissed.
Legislators suspicious of Gov. Martinez filming them in the Roundhouse.
Taco Bell unveils baked potato wrapped in a tortilla.
State cop takes a woman into custody and then has sex with her in his patrol car on their way to jail. No charges are filed.
Guy slices his tongue to get his wife back.
The Tea Party says it’s Romney’s fault.
Your brain and music.
Welcome to Middle-Earth Airlines.
Diane Sawyer, drinking wine, taking meds, making coke jokes.
The worst appearances of musicians in sci-fi movies.
Google unveils JAM, which is, roughly, Garage Band. Here’s other stuff Google has wasted money on.
For balance: Forgotten Apple products of yore.
For x-mas, please buy me a petri dish ornament.
Puerto Rico is thinking it wants to be a state.
Neil Gaiman writes some “Doctor Who,” tries to salvage the glory of the Cybermen.
Results in BernCo and N.M.
In Bernalillo County, with 62 of 69 vote centers reporting:
Debbie O'Malley won County Commission District 1
Paseo del Norte / I-25 cash was approved by a landslide (65 percent to 34 percent)
The AMAFCA bond passed
The minimum wage hike passed by a lot (66 percent to 33 percent)
Statewide, with 826 of 944 sites reporting:
Barack Obama and Joe Biden won president and vice president
Martin Heinrich won the Senate seat
Michelle Lujan Grisham won the congressional seat
Carmie Lynn Toulouse will be on the Public Education Commission
Karen Montoya won the District 1 PRC seat
Most of the constitutional amendments are passing, though two of them about the PRC are awfully close. They would pull corporations and insurance out of the PRC's purview.
As a side note: Gary Johnson's only pulling 3.5 percent statewide. If he doesn't cross that 5 percent threshold, the Libertarian Party will not be considered a major party in New Mexico.
Looks like all of the county and state bonds made it through.
Gary Johnson: Libertarians won't be to blame
Gary Johnson spent the night mingling with supporters casually and thanking them for their votes. He took the stage a short while ago after running mate, Judge James Gray.
"A wasted vote is a vote for somebody you don't believe in," Johnson said. "There were a lot of wasted votes tonight. There were more wasted votes than I've ever seen in my life."
He told the Alibi in an interview tonight that things were looking good, but then as Election Day neared and the presidential race seemed tight, "we saw things evaporate. I thought we would have done better."
His crowd of supporters punctuated his speech with cheers as he spoke of his platform: "Roll back the police state. Stop the war. Stop the military intervention. Marriage equality is a constitutionally guaranteed right. Repeal the Patriot Act."
Johnson said no one can blame the Libertarians for the state of the country. "We should all be proud of ourselves, because over the next four years, none of us are going to have to say we're responsible for this. Don't blame me. I didn't vote for either one of them. I voted for Gary Johnson."
Judge Gray pleaded from the podium with Johnson to run again in 2016. Johnson told the Alibi that's the last thing anyone wants to talk about today, especially after a prolonged and dirty election cycle. "I ran two campaigns for governor where I did not mention my opponent in print, radio or on TV," Johnson pointed out.
After he made his way off the stage, someone from the audience shouted that Colorado had legalized marijuana for recreational use. Johnson said the state's move will lead to a change worldwide in drug policy.
Colorado legalized weed
"We have a lot to celebrate tonight," says Judge Jim Gray, Gary Johnson's presidential running mate.
Ending the drug war was part of the Libertarian platform this year. And Colorado has voted in favor of the sale of marijuana for recreational use.
I don't want to be all "Dewey Defeats Truman" about it, but NPR, the AP and CNN are calling it for President Barack Obama, since he took Wisconsin.
Homegrown presidential candidate
I'm at Gary Johnson's presidential campaign party at Hotel Albuquerque with about 150 of his fans and friends.
The former New Mexico governor hasn't yet made an appearance, but I got a chance to talk to spokesperson Joe Hunter. He says the campaign isn't looking to pull any particular percentages around the country. "The number we end up with tonight is not that important."
If Johnson gets 5 percent of the vote in New Mexico, the Libertarian Party will be a major party in our state during the next election cycle.
"What we have done is created a good foundation," Hunter says. "We've identified hundreds of thousands of Gary supporters." Johnson made more than 1 million friends on Google Plus, 100,000 Twitter followers and 400,000 Facebook friends, according to Hunter. He visited 20 college campuses and drew hundreds of attendees at each, even with only a couple of days notice, Hunter says.
Johnson ended up on the ballot in 48 states and in D.C. His name wasn't listed under presidential options in only Michigan and Oklahoma.
As the election neared, Hunter says third-party candidates lose supporters, especially if the race is looking close.